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announcement from the vatican today, pope benedict xvi is resigning. how his legacy may live on when the new pope is chosen. >> reporter: catholics are reacting to the resignation. >> this is a noble and selfless act. >> i think it is coming from his heart. if he has to do it, it is god's will. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi said his mind and body are no longer up to the job. >> after examined my conscious before god i have come to the certainly my strengths are no longer suited to the exercise of the ministry. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi took over in 2005 has it church was facing declining popularity over the sexual abuse of children by prese -- priest. >> we hope he will make decisive action that would protect kids today. [no audio] >> the church traces her continuity back to peter. we will look for someone who -- who is a very particulate voice. >> reporter: he will not be involved but he appointed half of the cardinals making the succession. pope benedict xvi will retire to a live of reflection and prayer in a monetary. ktvu channel 2 news. >> what many consider a strange mix, book ba
. >>> continuing our coverage of the pope's resignation, less than a week before pope benedict xvi steps down, the italian media is publishing controversial reports about new secrets within the church. as molly line reports, today, the vatican blasted back at the reports. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi, praying with cardinals on the last day of lenten religious services. but outside the spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice, that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope, alleging a series of scandals involving sex, money and power, even suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. there's speculation in the italian media the
benedict xvi changed the rules. under the old laws they would have to wait 15 days to pick a new one but under the new rules they can start as soon as they all arrive. that will give them more time to pick a new pope. >> the conclave will be short, one person. cardinal keith o'brien resigned. there are reports that his resignation follows accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior 30 years and he is recusing himself so that he won't taint the proceeding with scandal. >>> investigators are widening their search for a homicide in las vegas. police identified harris this weekend as the prime suspect. he is accused of firing into a car driven by kenneth carry, jr. he has an extensive criminal history. >>> the oyster farm involved in a battle with the government got a reprieve and can stay open for now. the court granted a motion for an emergency injunction, that will allow them to remain open while the appeal is considered. they lost their lease in november after he said its operation was environmentally harmful. >> president obama today continued to push congress to reverse the automat
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